Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Pasta Shells | Freezer Friendly Weeknight Meal
You’ll love these easy, freezer friendly Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells. The perfect weeknight dinner recipe with chicken, cheese, broccoli and alfredo sauce all stuffed in a pasta shell!
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I’m going to teach you how to make an easy weeknight meal in a few easy steps. Including a freezer friendly version for these Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells!
But first, can we talk grammar?
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Now, how about these pasta shells? These easy, delicious, make ahead Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells!!
I do have a couple of quick tips for making this easy, freezer friendly Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells recipe:
- Make shredded chicken ahead of time. Put some frozen chicken breasts or thighs in your crockpot for 6-8 hours on low with a little salt and pepper (no liquid). Take your hand held mixer and “shred” your chicken in SECONDS. (It’s seriously that easy).
- Use a 2 Tbsp metal cookie scoop to portion out your filling into the shells. This is such an easy way to evenly fill each pasta shell!
- Once all your shells are filled, place them on a cookie sheet and freeze them for 15-30 minutes. At this point you can place them into gallon sized ziploc bags that are labeled with directions for future dinners. Unless of course your family can consume 40 stuffed shells in one sitting! We eat about 2-3 shells per person as they are very rich and filling with the alfredo sauce!
- Serve this with garlic bread and a leafy green salad for a complete meal. This makes a great dinner to bring to a new mom too! Package up a ziploc with shells, bring her a jar of sauce and some frozen garlic bread. She can assemble and bake as directed when she needs a quick meal!
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Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Pasta Shells
Yield: 40 shells
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
- 1 box (12 oz) jumbo pasta shells, cooked (about 40 shells)
- 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, diced
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 jars alfredo sauce
- Cook pasta shells according to package to al dente. Drain and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine cooked, shredded chicken with broccoli, cream cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
- Using a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop, fill each pasta shell with a scoop of chicken mixture.
- In a large baking dish, pour one jar of alfredo sauce in the bottom of the dish. Add a single layer of pasta shells. Drizzle remaining jar of alfredo sauce over the top and sprinkle with parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Cover dish with foil.
- Bake in a 350°F oven for 40 minutes. Remove foil and return to oven for an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted on top!
- For freezer friendly option, complete steps 1-3. Once all the shells are stuffed, place them on a cookie sheet and freeze for 15-30 minutes. Remove from freezer and place in gallon sized ziploc bags and return to freezer until ready to make. Continue with step 4 when ready to make and bake for one hour with foil on top. Remove foil and return to oven for additional 5-10 minutes to melt cheese.
- You can scale this down by only cooking the number of shells you need for each meal. 10 shells need 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 jar alfredo sauce. ENJOY
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